CLASHES IN SOUTH SUDAN RAISE FEARS OF RETURN TO CIVIL WAR

JUBA,--Fighting broke out between forces loyal to the President and the opposition yesterday in an area outside the Capital that links the capital with Uganda in the South.

Witnesses reported heavy gunfire in the region around Yei, which lies on a road linking the capital Juba with neighboring Uganda.

Following the July fighting, the U.N. Security Council authorized the deployment of a 4,000-strong protection force to support the existing 12,000-strong U.N. peacekeeping mission.

Opposition spokesman James Gatdet blamed government forces for sparking clashes around Yei. "Our forces have managed to close Juba-Yei road. Our forces destroyed government's convoy that attacked our forces in the area," he said.

Each side regularly blames the other for any fighting.

Political differences between President Salva Kiir and his former deputy Riek Machar first erupted into conflict in late 2013. They signed a peace deal in August 2015, but sporadic fighting has continued.

Source: Name News Network

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